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Royals sign Jonathan Broxton

Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:06 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 12:09 pm

By Matt Snyder

Jonathan Broxton has agreed to a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, the team announced Tuesday morning. Scott Miller of has learned it's for $4 million, but performance bonuses for number of games pitched could push the deal to $5 million. At least 12 teams were interested and Broxton strongly considered the Rays and Rangers before signing with K.C. The deal is pending a physical, which will take place Wednesday, but Broxton says his arm feels "great," a source told Miller.

What if Broxton is healthy and able to return to form? He was one of the most dominant closers in baseball for a stretch, before injuries hampered him. The Royals already have a solid closer in Joakim Soria. He had an off-year in 2011, true, but he's only 27. There are some teams in the market for a proven closer but no money to spend on one (the Reds come to mind, specifically), so Soria could be pretty good trade bait.

For now, though, the Royals are planning to go with Soria as closer and Broxton as his setup man. Hard-throwing youngster Aaron Crow will then likely move into the starting rotation. And if Broxton is having a good season and the Royals aren't come July, he could be the trade bait, not Soria. So the signing opens up several options.

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Broxton, 27, is a two-time All-Star. Through 38 appearances in 2010, he had converted 19 of 21 save opportunities with a 1.93 ERA and 53 strikeouts in just 37 1/3 innings. He had only walked seven. The rest of the season, however, he blew five saves while recording only three. His ERA was 7.20 and he walked more guys (21) than he struck out (20). The bad carried over into 2011, as he was awful through 14 outings before an elbow injury ended his season prematurely.

He had minor arthroscopic surgery on his throwing (right) elbow in September to shave a bone spur and remove loose bodies. He's expected to start throwing in late December and be ready for spring training.

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Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:09 pm

Royals sign Jonathan Broxton

The Royals will not (and should not) sign Oswalt or C.J. Wilson.  Any further SP additions will be via trade, and I doubt they will do anything earth-shattering.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:37 pm
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Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:31 pm

Royals sign Jonathan Broxton

I have heard scattered comments over the last year or so about how the Royals were on the cusp of contending.
In the AL-C, that always seems doable. But every year, KC ends up with 90 losses and ... pffft.
So if the reports are right that the Royals are ready to rumble, getting Broxton would be a good deal.
Not sure if they will be leading often enough to get any value from a closer, but if they are, KC could be the newest revival project in the AL.

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:29 pm

Royals sign Jonathan Broxton

Love this move.  Broxton was done in LA, his injury plagued season crushed him.  If he is healthy (a big if) it is a bargain for KC.  If he bombs, KC does not take a big hit in his salary and they simply release him.  Seeing as the Royals already have Soria, they are thinking about the possibility of Broxton not working out already.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:26 pm

Royals sign Jonathan Broxton

This is a great signing if for no other reason than to show the Royals fans that they are TRYING to improve their team. $4 for a reliever is chicken scratch these days, so no problem there. If Broxton is healthy, he will be an improvement over what we have in the set up role.

Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:51 pm

Royals sign Jonathan Broxton

$4 million for a 27 year-old 2-time All-Star who, if he can regain his form from 2 years ago, could be one of the best closers in baseball - ONLY A COMPLETE MORON WOULD THINK THIS IS A BAD DEAL.
His pitching whoes were caused by injuries that have been taken care of with surgery, so the odds are in his favor to return to form or at least close enough to it to be dangerous on the mound. 

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:29 pm
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Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:25 pm

Royals sign Jonathan Broxton

A guy that is persued by a dozen other MLB teams, including the Rangers and Rays, signs with the Royals.  What is the world coming to?  Is this the first of many signings the Royals will have where they don't have to overpay for talent?  Are players starting to take notice of what the Kansas City Royals have going at Kauffman Stadium?  I think so.

The Royals have most of the pieces in place to win the American League Central in 2012, excluding another good starter or two.  The signing of Broxton could pave the way for Aaron Crow, the Royals All-Star representitive from last year, to move into the rotation from the setup man job.  Look for the Royals to sign Roy Oswalt or C.J. Wilson next and their off season will be complete.

The Royals will be in the playoffs next year and you can say you heard it here first!

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:56 am

Royals sign Jonathan Broxton

Although I do think it came out of left field this signing is very smart. KC already signed a solid mid-tier starter and now signed a mid-tier reliever, who has the potential to close. Things are shaping up for a fine 2012 season in the SHOW ME state because the KC Royals are finally SHOWING ME some love by being active in free agency and trading to improve its team.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:37 am

Report: Royals to sign Jonathan Broxton

Love the signing.  While I understand it could blow up and "waste" $4 million, what is the real risk here?  I mean, there is no salary cap and it adds a power arm (if healthy) to the back end of the bullpen.  If he is healthy, he'll pitch for his life (i.e. a long-term contract next year) and if not it's money out the window and the Royals part ways after the season.  In fact, if he's healthy and pitching well it may end up being a strong piece for a mid-season trade or even open possibilities for dealing Soria for strong prospects or a starting pitcher.  I've also heard Toronto may deal Rasmus for Soria.  Nevertheless, to criticize this move by KC is asenine.  It makes sense on all fronts.  If he passes the physical the Royals have made another step toward contention in the AL Central with a pitching addition (Jonathan Sanchez already added).  Remember, pitching is the currency of baseball.

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